Different: Under Attack

Different: Under Attack

Passage: 1 Peter 2:11-12
Service Type:

Continued theme from last week...  SURRENDER.

Why should I surrender anything to God?

  1. Because it's not who I am anymore
  2. Because certain things want to destroy us

Where is the enemy Peter talks about in I Peter 2:11?


4 SINFUL DESIRES that have declared WAR on me:

  1. DISCONTENT - Lusting for what isn't mine
    • Battlefield is worship
  2. ANGER - Intense feelings of irritation; the desire to punish
    • Battlefield is justice
  3. ANXIETY - Destabilizing worry; fear that won't let go
    • Battlefield is faith
  4. DEPRESSION - Overwhelming feelings of sadness, despair, or hopelessness


Battle Strategies to get you started:

    For discontent:

  • Worship the true God. (Exodus 20:3-6,17)
  • Identify discontent as worship. (Exodus 20:3-6, 17)
  • Cultivate a thankful spirit. (Philippians 4:4-13)

    For anger:

  • Let God be God. (Romans 12:17-21; Job 38-42)
  • Resolve conflict. (Ephesians 4)
  • Choose forgiveness. (Matthew 18:15-35)

    For anxiety:

  • Remind yourself of God's faithfulness. (Psalm 105)
  • Remember how big God is. (Isaiah 40)
  • Remember how near God is. (Psalm 23,139)

    For depression:

  • Fix your eyes on Jesus. (Colossians 3:1-10)
  • Remember who you are. (I Peter 2:9-10)
  • Grab ahold of the spiritual realities that are yours in Christ. (Ephesians 1:1-14)


Two Summary Statements from the passage:

  1. Declare war on your own sinful desires because they have declared war on you.
  2. Do good to those who are far from God because your kindness may result in their salvation.